This image represents the 3rd and 5th generations in the family business of L. Gordon Iron and Metal. Saul and Zack (grandson) are both active in the business which has been operating in Statesville since 1917. They do the usual things a scrap yard does: Crush cars (very cool), sort metals, etc. and then ship them out to smelts locally and regionally.
We got asked to do some editorial photography for Scrap Magazine representing all the generations now working at the yard and after satisfying the magazines needs, I wanted to get just these 2 together so show the contrast in generations.
A scrap yard is a dirty, dangerous, place with lots of sharp edges and we had just had some rain so it was also muddy (sound familiar Charlotte). Lots of blues and greys and this 1 large copper block of about 2000 pounds of copper. With the mound of steel, aluminum, and other metals in the background plus the copper block, this became a very expensive set!
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”
More next week…ML